Questions tagged [trackpad]

A touch-sensitive device for controlling a pointer on a computer's screen. It is similar to a mouse, but translates the motion of a user's finger to a relative position on a screen.

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Trackpad secondary click requires more pressure than usual in Mojave beta

I've just updated my MacBook Pro Retina Early 2015 to Mojave via Apple Beta Software Program. Everything works smoothly except the Trackpad. Tap with one or tap with two or three fingers work as ...
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Save 'Look up & data detectors' history?

A system gesture I use often when reading is to force press on a word which will pull up a definition and/or wikipedia page of the selected word (referred to as 'Look up & data detectors' in ...
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Zoom in or out with trackpad stops working

I am using OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G1217) on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). Sometimes when reading PDF's I notice I suddenly can not use the trackpad zoom feature anymore. It is not ...
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Why does “Tap to click” not work in many games?

I have enabled "Tap to Click" in the trackpad options in OSX (10.9.2), but it doesn't work in many games that I play. Instead, I have to physically press the trackpad which is really inconvenient for ...
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Normal scrolling in Win 10 Pro installed on Macbook Pro

I installed a Win 10 Pro on my Macbook Pro. I also installed TRackpad++ and the whole is great! The only strange thing is scrolling. Scrolling is not fluid and stops at end of every page. I cannot do ...
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How to set “Tap to click” on guest accounts in macOS Mojave?

I setup new MacBooks with macOS Mojave having the "Tap to click" setting on in Trackpad settings. However, when a guest user logs in, this isn't set. Almost all other Trackpad settings are the same as ...
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How can I set mouse scroll up, page go up, while the opposite like trackpad?

I just come from windows to mac, so I have some habits in windows that I want to continue on my mac. In windows, I use trackpad for natural way, which means when I move upwards on trackpad, the page ...
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macbook trackpad only registering long clicks (ignores quick clicks)

I've been getting frustrated with my 2012 macbook air running el capitan. My trackpad no longer registers clicking in the sense of a 'regular' quick click. Out of frustrated, I started applying more ...
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Weird trackpad & keyboard issue with MacBook Pro E2015

I've had some issues with my trackpad and keyboard on my MacBook Pro 13 (Early 2015) for the past 3-4 weeks. After being awaken from sleep mode, they were sometimes unresponsive. At first, a couple of ...
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See definition of a word inside a hyperlink in Safari?

For normal text, three-finger tap on a word is Safari works as "Look Up". From a recent version of Safari, the same three-finger tap on a hyperlink works as "Quick Look". Then, is there any way to ...
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Left clicks sometimes do not register

I have noticed on several Macs like Mac Mini's and a MacBook Pro running OSX versions all the way up to El Capitan that left mouse or trackpad first time clicks sometimes don't register when clicking ...
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Physical keyboard & trackpad stop working on dis/connect of external thunderbolt display

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina, 13", Late 2013) running Lion 10.9.4, that I use with an external thunderbolt display, a bluetooth trackpad, and a USB keyboard -- both of which are connected through the ...
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How do I get my mac to re-scan for devices? -> Keyboard stops working after usb hub/dock with keyboard/mouse connected

I have a Dock at home and work. They both use versions of the pluggable usb 3.0 chipset. Each dock has a keyboard and trackball attached. When I move from one dock to another the keyboard and ...
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Can Magic Trackpad tap to click be made to work inside Steam games?

I am notice some games using Apple Magic Trackpad do not respect tap to click as opposed to the physical button click. I run OS X 10.8.4 and specifically Endless Space running on Steam fails to ...
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Trackpad malfunction after last macOS update (Sierra 10.12.3)

I am looking for information / help from someone who might experienced similar issue in the past or has knowledge about the problem described below. During last week I have been experiencing issues ...
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Macbook pro trackpad stops working after plugging in USB mouse in Windows 7 under bootcamp

We have a new Macbook Pro which we've installed Windows 7 under boot camp. We've also installed the drivers off the OSX CD. When I plugged in a USB mouse the Trackpad stops working, which is fine ...
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unload kext when it is in use or retained (cannot unload)

I want to disable the trackpad on my laptop without a mouse connected. I need this strange functionality because I use synergy (https://symless.com/synergy/) and game with my desktop. This is what I ...
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Dragging in Trackpad's accessibility setting gets randomly turned off

I enable System Preferences → Accessibility Mouse & Trackpad → Trackpad Options → Enable dragging. However, it gets unchecked (disabled) on its own. It happens after a few hours, as I face this ...
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How do I drag (and drag without holding) and drop with the force touch trackpad?

I just upgraded from a 2013 MBP to a 2018 MBP, which has the force touch trackpad. I used to be able to "Drag and Drop" by simply double tapping (not clicking down) an item and then dragging it to a ...
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How to make Trackpad scroll only in one direction?

When I try to scroll a text view using the Trackpad moving my two finders in the the vertical direction, it also moves slightly in the horizontal direction, which makes the movement to appear jerky. ...
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Can (Moving cursor using arrow keys in terminal) interfere with moving cursor using Trackpad?

MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014. MacOS Mojave version 10.14.1. In terminal Preferences I looked under the tab Keyboard because I read that it's possible to use Moving cursor using ...
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If possible how do I single out a app from starting in Safe Mode

If possible how do I single out a app from starting in Safe Mode. I want to use Safe Mode with out Photos involved for example. Is that possible?
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Split cursor in Mac OS High Sierra in fullscreen mode

Recently my cursor often is split in fullscreen mode. I then basically have 2.5 cursors. Since I cannot screenshot the cursor I attached a photo. I am using the trackpad. Is anyone else experiencing ...
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MacBook trackpad unresponsive, not a hardware issue, plist problem?

On a macbook (unibody late 2008) the trackpad is unresponsive after normal boot. The arrow simply stays in the upper left corner. Adding a cable Apple mouse does not solve the problem. Neither do safe ...
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Mojave scroll left/right not working properly for native apps

I updated my mac to macOS Mojave and I am facing problems for native apps when I scroll left or right, for instance: On Safari, I can't go to the previous page scrolling to the left (works on Chrome) ...
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disable two-finger scrolling

Can I set up a keyboard shortcut to toggle two-finger scrolling on my trackpad? In some situations, like when watching videos on youtube, VLC, or playing video games, accidental trackpad scrolling is ...
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How to make Bootcamp Windows 10 to recognize the Wireless Magic Trackpad as a trackpad (i.e. multi touch device) instead of a regular mouse?

I have a fresh bootcamp windows 10 home 64 with bootcamp drivers version 6.0 Both the internal trackpad and the wireless trackpad are recognized as regular mouse (just pointing and 2 axis wheels). I ...
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Taptic engine (trackpad) stays on after shut down from Windows 10

I have an Early 2015 Macbook Pro 13-inch Model that has 6 operating systems manually installed on it (High Sierra, Yosemite, Android x86, Windows, Ubuntu and Kali Linux). As I said, I installed ...
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TrackPad Preferences

I own a MacBook Pro mid 2010, and formatting it and upgrading it to the High Sierra is no longer displaying TrackPad preferences so I can adjust it, the menu I am referring to is in this order: System ...
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Trackpad and Keyboard work on login screen, but sometimes don't after login

For some time (I'm on macOS Sierra right now, but I've got the problem at least since Yosemite), my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 acts weird. Even though keyboard/trackpad always work up until the login screen,...
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Trackpad stops working late at night

May sound silly, but for the past few weeks, if I'm on my Macbook Pro (mid-2012) late at night (say, post-1 a.m.) - and I often am! - my trackpad will stop working. I can't move the cursor or click, ...
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Trackpad and Magic Mouse not working properly after Sierra 10.12.4 update

I’ve updated the OS to Sierra 10.12.4 on my Macbook Pro Retina after which Magic Mouse started going crazy with the scrolling speed significantly increased (even with the minimum scrolling speed set ...
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How can I diagnose if a failing trackpad has a hardware or software cause?

My trackpad is misbehaving, it randomly interprets clicks as swipes and the cursor jumps around or lags on the screen. How can I find out if this is a hardware or software issue? I'm on a MacBook ...
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Why isn't my 3 finger swipe left/right working after Sierra update?

Ever since I updated to Sierra a couple days ago, my 3 finger swipe, which gets me to my screen with the widgets like weather, clock, calendar, calculator, sticky notes, etc....is not working....at ...
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Internal trackpad and keyboard not working on El Capitan

After some googling and asking around, I've not seen a similar description of what is happening to my MBP. I'm using a pretty new model (Early 2015 13" retina), and I have had no former problems with ...
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Touchpad will not track until click input

This issue is very similar to this question, except it happens with the built-in trackpad. After some time using the computer, the cursor stops tracking until I click. Interestingly, multi-touch ...
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rMBP 2015: Force Click is not working for look up and data detectors

I have a similar issue documented in "Force Click Not Working on Macbook" but none of the resolutions mentioned in the discussion solves my case. Here are my findings so far: 1) It only worked on ...
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Drag lock doesn't get disabled

I've enabled dragging in the touchpad settings in Accessibility, but I've also chosen "without drag lock". However, the dragging still continues after I lift my finger, just as it does when I choose "...
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Macbook Air's trackpad on trains

Is there any known issue with using a laptop's trackpad while on a moving train, i.e. is the EM field expected to interfere? I ask because often when I use my Apple Macbook Air 1.1 (Early 2008) ...
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How do I reduce the 3-finger-drag grace-period?

I'm using a Trackpad and I like using the 3-finger-drag gesture. It has this handy feature where it keeps the "mouse-button" down for a short grace-period when you release so that you can re-touch (...
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Keyboard-trackpad combos for Mac, where the trackpad lies underneath the keyboard.

I am currently looking for a keyboard-trackpad combo for the Mac where the trackpad lies underneath beneath the keyboard (i.e. just like they would be on a Macbook; in fact the reason why I'm looking ...
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Three-finger swipe between pages unresponsive

After upgrading to Mountain Lion I'm sometimes having to two-finger scroll up or down at least once before I can three-finger swipe between pages. It's as if I have to "re-activate" the gesture every ...
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Two-way scroll on magic trackpad on Windows 7

Using the bootcamp drivers, I am able to use an Apple Magic Trackpad on my PC running Windows 7. Everything seems to work fine. When I'm in Google Chrome (and other applications), I can use the two-...
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MacBook Air — Cursor gets stuck as arrow/finger

When I am using my MacBook Air, my cursor sometimes gets stuck and remains as either the default pointer (black arrow), or as the link-clicking finger. I generally have to quit the application and go ...
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Mission control always popups incidentally/automatically when typing

Recently on my MacBook Pro 2019, mission control always popups incidentally when I'm typing. At the beginning I thought there's an issue of my trackpad since my wrists almost touch it when I'm ...
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How to remove touch gesture from QuickTime recordings on Mac

At one point I was interested in recording touch gestures using an iPhone Simulator + QuickTtime, so I dutifully followed the advice in this answer and ran the following command: defaults write com....
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MacBook Pro: Erratic Trackpad behavior when an external 3.5" drive is connected

When I plug my external 3.5" hard drive into my 13" 2016 MacBook Pro, the Trackpad becomes very erratic and difficult to use. The drive is housed in a powered enclosure (brand Integral). Other ...
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MacBook Pro's Keyboard and Trackpad stopped working

The Keyboard and Trackpad on my 13" Early 2015 MacBook Pro (currently running macOS Mojave 10.14.4) stopped working completely. I have tried everything, resetting SMC, NVRAM and such. Stayed with ...
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How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum (Sierra<)?

How can I increase tracking speed of Macbook Trackpad beyond the maximum? The MacOS maximum trackpad tracking speed is extremly slow. Since Sierra it seems like it's not possible to change the ...
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Macbook Air Mid 2012 on Sierra: FileVault killed my keyboard and trackpad

Recently I decided to enable FileVault on my MBA mid 2012 running Sierra 10.12. Things that happened so far in a chronological order: After turning it on in Settings.app it seemed stuck so I forced ...